Ouzo-spiked Chocolate Orange Cake 

Anyone for a slice of ouzo-spiked orange chocolate cake? This orange cake is made with a delicious chocolate ganache with a hint of ouzo which gives it a very subtle, yet distinctive flavor. You will definitely impress your guests with this unique cake!

ouzo-spiked chocolate orange cake

I have a confession to make. 

I do not like ouzo! 

If you’re not Greek, you’re probably saying “What?!? You’re Greek!” 

And if you’re Greek, you’re probably saying “What?!? How can you possibly not enjoy a shot of ouzo with a ‘meze’ by a beautiful beachside tavern overlooking the Aegean?”

I know, I know… weird!

I just never liked ouzo. I’m pretty sure I’m the only one in my family that doesn’t like it!  

Having said that, though, I do like ouzo in some desserts. For example, it’s wonderful in Kourabiedes!

If you’re not familiar with Ouzo, it has a unique flavor which I find pairs well with chocolate! It’s not intense, but it offers a very delicate aroma and taste. Together with the orange cake, it’s phenomenal! 

This ouzo-spiked chocolate orange cake is remarkably moist, but not too sweet or rich.

Ouzo-spiked chocolate orange cake

Why you’ll love this Ouzo-spiked Chocolate Orange Cake:

This cake is really easy to make with simple ingredients. It would also make a beautiful gift! 

You could also top the chocolate ganache with some extra orange zest or even chopped nuts! 

Orange + Chocolate + Ouzo = A DELICIOUS COMBINATION!

I really hope you enjoy this cake!


Let me know how this Ouzo-spiked Chocolate Orange Cake turned out for you in the comments below! I’d love to hear from you!

ouzo-spiked chocolate orange cake


Prep Time15 mins
Course: Dessert
Keyword: chocolate orange cake, ganache, ouzo


  • 2 ½  cups (320 g / 11.2 oz) all purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup (4 oz / 113 g) butter at room temperature
  • 1 cup (200g) sugar
  • Zest of 4 oranges, finely grated (use less if you don’t want an intense orange flavor)
  • Juice from 1 orange (about ¼ cup / 60 ml / 2 fl oz)
  • 3 eggs
  • ½ cup buttermilk (or regular milk plus 1 tablespoon of vinegar or lemon juice)

Ouzo Chocolate Ganache

  • 100 gr (3.5 oz) good quality bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 100 ml (3.5 fl oz) heavy cream
  • ½ tablespoon Ouzo 

Optional Toppings

  • finely grated orange zest or chopped walnuts


  • Preheat the oven to 175 °C / 350 °F
  • Grease and flour a (fluted) tube pan or Bundt pan. Set aside.

Make the cake

  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  • In another bowl, beat the butter with a hand mixer until creamy (about 1-2 minutes).
  • Add the orange zest and sugar and beat until fluffy (about 3 minutes), scraping the bowl frequently.
  • Add the eggs, one at a time, beating on medium speed for about a minute after each addition.
  • Add the flour mixture, the orange juice, and buttermilk alternately to the butter mixture, beating on high speed until thoroughly combined.
  • Pour into prepared pan and bake for 45-50 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. When it’s done, remove the cake from the oven and allow it to cool in the pan for about 15 minutes.
  • Then invert the cake on a wire rack or a large serving plate and allow it to cool completely before adding the Ouzo Chocolate Ganache.

Make the Ouzo Chocolate Ganache

  • Heat the cream until very hot, but not boiling.
  • Pour the cream over the finely chopped chocolate and set aside for about 2 minutes. Stir the chocolate mixture until the chocolate has melted, and then stir in the ouzo.
  • Pour/Spoon the Ouzo Chocolate Ganache on the cooled cake. If you want, decorate with extra orange zest or chopped walnuts.
  • Enjoy!


If you don’t have buttermilk, just add a tablespoon of vinegar or lemon juice to milk. Stir and let it sit for a few minutes.
© Pastry Wishes

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2 replies
  1. Sissy Lazaropoulou
    Sissy Lazaropoulou says:

    No,no you are not alone my friend.I can’t stand ouzo either,although I appreciate the aroma in desserts too. Looks like a great combination of flavours and aromas👍

    • Voula
      Voula says:

      I was really surprised how well ouzo and chocolate go together! Ouzo just gives the chocolate that extra something!


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